Greeters: The Front Line of Hospitality

“Do you not know that all of us who have baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life” (Romans 6:3-4).

When it comes to hospitality here at St. John’s, our Saturday evening and Sunday morning greeters truly are the front line! These are the folks who greet all those who walk through our doors for worship each weekend with a handshake and a smile, welcoming them into our community of faith. These are the folks who provide the first human connection for visitors worshiping with us for the first time. These are the folks who hold the door open for those who need a little extra assistance getting into the building and who are there to answer questions for those wondering where the restrooms are, where to hang up their coat, or where to find the PLC. Think about it this way--the greeters are the face of Jesus for each and every person who comes to worship here! What an important ministry of Christian hospitality this is!

 Special thanks to all those who already serve as greeters at each of our four weekend worship services! And, special thanks to our four disciples who coordinate our ministry of greeting—Carolyn Chambers (5:00 Saturday), Diana Skube (8:00 Sunday), Anita Walbaum (9:45/10:30 Sunday Sanctuary), and Christie Lazarides (10:30 Sunday Contemporary.) Here’s a few helpful reminders for those who serve.

 •Arrive early. Did you know that most first-time visitors arrive early to worship? Greeters should be in place ready to begin greeting at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the worship service.

•Be proactive. Don’t wait for people to come and greet you. As you see people walk through the doors, go up and greet them.

•Be attentive. If you sense that an individual or family is new to St. John’s, make sure you direct them to where the ushers are and where they can get a bulletin. If you sense that someone needs a little extra help in finding their way, give it.

If you are not yet involved in our ministry of greeting, but are interested in getting involved, we encourage you to do so. We are especially in need of additional greeters for our 10:30 contemporary worship service. To get involved, simply contact our Coordinator of Spiritual Gifts Ministries Kristen Schmid Schurter at ksschurter@stjohns-springfield.org or at 217.793.3933 and she will be more than happy to get you connected! You, too, could be serving on the front-line of hospitality here at St. John’s as we welcome people into Christ’s love!

Equipped for discipleship +

Pastor Greg Busboom